Now see, purplegrum, if you'd come to the Panopticon you could have had a little play with mine... em... Canon Digital Rebel, that is. I see they've finally brought out a black bodied version too... just a few months too late for me.. grrr. The Digital Rebel/EOS300D is dropping in price rapidly as the new EOS20D drives down the price of the 10D, and has a knock-on effect. I'm delighted with mine. I still have my EOS film body, but it rarely gets an airing these days, and mostly for black and white.